Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Christiansburg, Va
fish tb incubation period?
First off, I have no idea or proof that I've even had any fish with fish tb (can't remember the proper name just now).
My 40b was my first tank, and it is a hodge-podge of many fish. At it's max it had 4 tiger barbs, 3 rosy barbs, 11 neons, 5 black tetras, 5 harlequin rasboras, and 3 male guppies. (I told you it was strange)
It's been set up about 2-1/2 years. The male guppies harassed each other no end. About 6 months ago, one of the guppies quickly developed that exaggerated spinal curve and soon after died (within a few weeks). After that, within a 3 month period, I lost one black neon and one harlequin. I don't know how or when, or what they looked like before they died - they just disappeared. Eaten after death, I presume. This past week I lost one of the other guppies. He was looking rough like he'd had it with chasing/being chased by the one remaining guppy. Ratty tail, exhausted, but not deformed looking.
So, I don't know if the first guppy had tb, or a genetic deformity, or nutrient deficiency, etc. How long would it take to see signs of tb in other fish? It creeps me out to think I've had my hands in the tank, even though I wash up right after. Also I don't know whether it's safe to move any of these fish into a new tank I'll be setting up (that would be combining these fish with others from yet another tank).
What do you think? I admit I'm one of those that freaks out over potentially contagious things!